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  • Three people charged with trafficking crack in Machias

    Three people charged with trafficking crack in Machias

    MACHIAS — Maine Drug Enforcement agents arrested three people in Machias Thursday night and charged them with selling crack cocaine. Police said the arrests followed an investigation into the acquisition of drugs in New York City for distribution in Hancock and Washington counties. MDEA agents assigned to the Downeast District Task Force, based in Ellsworth,

  • Nonprofit employee charged with stealing $100,000

    Nonprofit employee charged with stealing $100,000

    ELLSWORTH — Police arrested a Newport woman and charged her with theft on May 16 after she allegedly embezzled $100,000 from the Hancock County Planning Commission (HCPC), according to a press release from the Ellsworth Police Department. Sheri G. Walsh, 55, an HCPC employee who has served various roles at the nonprofit, including interim executive

  • Honor parts announced for Deer Isle-Stonington High School

    DEER ISLE — Deer Isle-Stonington High School will hold commencement exercises for the Class of 2019 on Sunday, June 16, at 1 p.m. in the high school gym. The valedictorian is Lillian Gray, daughter of Becky and Jerry Gray of Brooksville. Gray has been president of Student Council and a member of National Honor Society.

  • Downeast births

    Downeast births

    At Northern Light Maine Coast Hospital in Ellsworth   To Desiree Gallant and Joshua Estes of Ellsworth, a daughter, Nova Rose, April 1. To Kristen and Dwight Hayward of Ellsworth, a son, Carter James, April 2. To Laura McLaughlin Weik and Brandon Weik, a son, Westley Ryker, April 2. To Kassidy DesJardin of Steuben, a

  • ReStore to close in August

    ReStore to close in August

    ELLSWORTH — The Hancock County Habitat for Humanity ReStore will close its doors in August after a decade in the city. “Despite significant effort, it has proven a challenge to make the Ellsworth Habitat ReStore location successful,” said Executive Director Kelley Ellsworth in a press release. “Not being immune to the challenges which other small

  • Fill ‘er up somewhere else;  no more gas in Brooklin

    Fill ‘er up somewhere else; no more gas in Brooklin

    BROOKLIN — The Brooklin General Store has, at least temporarily, stopped selling gas because the store’s two underground petroleum storage tanks have reached their 30-year expiration date and must be removed, according to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. “It’s a challenging situation for a small business,” said Brooklin General Store co-owner Lorinda Toscas via

  • Fry leave school for the Union River

    Fry leave school for the Union River

    HANCOCK — Inside a red lunch cooler, 195 salmon fry went for a ride May 1. Their adventure began at Hancock Grammar School, where they had hatched from eggs in January, and ended at the West Branch of the Union River in Amherst. The fry were accompanied on the school bus ride by Valerie Sprague’s

  • Retail pot? Hancock says not

    Retail pot? Hancock says not

    HANCOCK — With little discussion Tuesday night, Hancock voters opted not to allow commercial marijuana businesses in town. According to the Maine Marijuana Legalization Act passed in 2018, municipalities must “opt in” to allow adult marijuana establishments within their borders. The law defines a marijuana establishment as a cultivation facility, products manufacturing facility, testing facility

  • Rain delays fitness center construction

    Rain delays fitness center construction

    BLUE HILL — A rainy spring has delayed construction of a community fitness center that Chuck and Belinda Lawrence have planned behind their business, Tradewinds Marketplace at 15 South St. “The building season started about six weeks late because of the rain,” said Chuck Lawrence. “This is going to happen but we are up against

  • Eastport shop relocated to Bucksport

    Eastport shop relocated to Bucksport

    BUCKSPORT — Meg and Darrell Keay have relocated their retail shop, Port O’ Call, from Eastport to the former Rosen’s Department Store building at 72 Main St. The shop opened May 8. Port O’ Call is best known for its Alpaca clothing, Baggalini brand handbags and socks, said Meg Keay (pronounced K, like the letter.)